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Sklokina Iryna

Period of stay: 1 September 2020 – 28 February 2021

Evaluation sheet for departing Fellows

  1. What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?

During my stay, I benefited from the ideal working conditions at the institute and possibility to concentrate on writing. The Junior Fellows Conference helped me to develop my arguments for the monograph and get valuable feedback from the participants and especially from the discussant Tatiana Zhurzhenko who is one of the most important specialists in the field of memory studies, politics of memory of WWII, and post-Soviet space. I also had a chance to meet her informally and discuss more about my research. The discussions with other fellows working on the issues related to late socialism helped to broaden my perspective (specifically putting my research cases in comparison to Yugoslavia, Belarus, and Czechoslovakia). I also met the manager of the RECET (Research Center for the History of Transformations) at the Vienna University and join their subscription and visit several of their events, with focus on cultural and economic history of socialism. The Library service was beneficial for me as well, mostly the books from the Vienna University library, Austrian National Library, and IWM library. At the National library, I’ve got access to many Soviet publications and periodicals from Moscow which are not present in Ukrainian libraries (and some which are not accessible in Ukraine due to quarantine). Also, rather informal communication with the people from Volkskunde Museum helped to establish cooperation on their future exhibition connected to Lviv and Galicia.

  1. Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?

The program turned out to be beneficial for me as well, as I had a chance to broaden my research perspective, especially in conversation with the presenters on the issues of socialist history, memory studies, and urban history.

  1. Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
    Please include any suggestions for improvement.

I would suggest to have separate categories for the events which are rather scholarly (and the circulation of papers would be helpful) and events for the broader public, for example journalist talks and presentations.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to let us know regarding your stay at the IWM?

Final Report sheet for departing Fellows

As mentioned in the “Terms of Award” agreement, we would kindly ask you to submit your final report on your activities, travels, talks and accomplishments during your research stay. Please be as specific and concise as possible!
In particular, we may ask you to list books or essays that have been written or worked on at the IWM, that have either been published or accepted for publication or that you wish to submit for publication. Describe briefly the nature of the work and give names of publishers or publications, dates and other relevant facts.
We would be very grateful if you could provide us with a copy of your publication(s) for our library or, if this is not possible, contact our librarian with the publication details. We would also like to ask you to list any prizes or awards you have received or will receive, as well as any scholarships and grants you have received or will receive.


During the research fellowship, I worked on the book “Remembering the “Sacred war”, dreaming of “good life”: WWII memory and Soviet everyday culture”. This work included analysis of the previously collected archival sources, reading relevant methodological literature and books related to the history of late socialism, consumerism, and memory culture, as well as work at the Austrian National Library with Soviet-times periodicals on architecture and culture which are not accessible in the libraries in Ukraine. As a result, the main body of the book is ready.

Submitted publications:

  1. Finished co-editing of the collective volume (together with Prof. Guido Hausmann, “Political Cult of the Dead in Ukraine: From the First World War to today”) to be published in 2021 by V&R Press. It presents the overview of cases of memorialization of the fallen soldiers and political figures, with special focus on WWI and WWII memorial cultures. Aside from the co-editing, I contributed a chapter “Commemorating the Glorious Past, Dreaming of the Happy Future: WWII Burial Sites and Monuments as Public Places in Post-War Ukraine”.
  2. Iryna Sklokina, “International Tourism and the Making of the National Heritage Canon in Late Soviet Ukraine, 1964–1991,” in: Heritage Under Socialism, ed. by Corinne Geering and Paul Wickers (to be published by Berghahn Books, 2021).
  3. Volodymyr Kulikov and Iryna Sklokina, “Industrial Heritage as Resource for Communities of the Donbas” (submitted to special issue of REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, to be published in June 2021).
  4. Dominika Brodowicz, Katarzyna Sadowy, Iryna Sklokina, “(Post)przemysłowe dzielnice Warszawy i Lwowa: rola pamięci i dziedzictwa dla biznesu i przemysłu kreatywnego”, in: Kultury historyczne Polski i Ukrainy. O źródłach nieporozumienia między sąsiadami, red. Tomasz Stryjek i Wołodymyr Skłokin, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar, Warszawa (to be published in March 2021, and planned publication of Ukrainian version in Autumn 2021).

In Spring 2021, I plan also to submit publications to Eurozine (“Park of Victory: Commemoration and amusement in (post)Soviet memory culture”) and IWMpost (“WWII sites as tourist destinations”).

As for the participation in events, I took part in the seminar on economic history at The Ukrainian Catholic University (presentation “Postindustrial Districts of Warsaw and Lviv: Role of Heritage and Memory for Business and Creative Industries”, 24 October 2020) and IWM Junior Fellows Conference (December 2020).